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Al-Qaeda and Deash recruiting high-level professionals

“In the Muslim world, jihadist groups are made up of individuals with higher degrees on average than in society as a whole,” says Marc Hecker, a researcher at the French Institute of International Relations. But for recruits from the West the opposite is true, especially in France, where the average education level of jihadists is lower and average crime rates are higher.” In a study published last April, the expert examined the histories of 137 individuals sentenced in France. Of the 68 individuals with a known education level, only 16 had a bachelor’s degree and 8 a post-graduate degree, a small minority. “But when it comes to terrorism, it’s not the mass that’s a problem. It’s motivated and trained individuals.” 

Source: Djihadistes niveau bac+5 – L’Express

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